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November 2010

Housing and Urban Development South-South Transfer Award

30 November 2010
Development Workshop France received “Housing and Urban Development South-South Transfer Award – Special mention” on the 25th November at the ILO headquarters in Geneva.

The UN-HABITAT, the Building and Social Housing Foundation (BSHF) and the UNDP Special Unit for South-South Cooperation announced the winners of the Housing and Urban Development South-South Transfer Award, a special joint initiative which seeks to recognise housing and urban development practices that have been successfully transferred to other countries in the global South.
The awards have being presented on 25th November

EU says fulfils climate aid pledge, but is it new?

16 November 2010
* EU report says on track to meet climate finance promise
* Critics suspect money may be recycled aid pledges

BRUSSELS, Nov 15 (Reuters) - European governments have fulfilled a promise to deliver 2.2 billion euros ($3 billion) to help poor countries tackle climate change, EU reports show, but critics say the money might have come from rebranding existing aid pledges.

At last year’s Copenhagen climate summit, rich countries pledged $30 billion of “fast start finance” to help poorer countries adapt to climate change and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions during 2010-2012.

The move was

Survey puts climate change atop nation’s most pressing concerns

11 November 2010
VietNamNet Bridge – Viet Nam is one of only two countries or territories globally where climate change is the people’s top concern, according to a survey by HSBC.

The results of HSBC’s fourth annual Climate Confidence Monitor revealed that climate change, economic stability and terrorism ranked together as the top three concerns globally. In Hong Kong and Viet Nam, people surveyed said climate change was their number one concern.

This is the first time that Viet Nam took part in the survey.

World Bank-UN Report Charts Path to Prevent Death and Destruction from Natural Hazards

11 November 2010
* Losses may triple to $185 billion a year-study
* U.N., World Bank urge focus on preventing disasters

OSLO, Nov 11 (Reuters) - Global losses from natural disasters could triple to $185 billion a year by 2100, excluding the impact of climate change, according to a report, which calls for a shift in focus from relief work to preventative measures.

The joint report by the United Nations and the World Bank, published on Thursday, said the number of people at risk of storms or earthquakes in large cities could double to 1.5 billion by 2050. Simple preventative measures could curb losses from

Lesson from experience of Disaster Shelter or Reconstruction of Dwellings

8 November 2010
What has been the most important lesson you have learned from your own experience of Disaster Shelter or Reconstruction of Dwellings ?

After a conference about “Shelter after disaster”, Ian Davis asked 17 experimented friends to present their opinion in less than 150 words.
This is from John Norton / DWF President

The issue can be seen in the workshop title: ‘Shelter after Disaster’.

We should address safer shelter before the disaster and experience shows that it can be done. We need to do much more where we know what the risks are.